Sunday, June 28, 2009

Anniversary Gift

Every year Patrick and I exchange anniversary gifts that follow the traditional anniversary years. We try to get creative with our gifts and usually start researching for the next year's gift the day after the current year anniversary! It's like a little game to see what the other one discovers. It has made for some interesting surprises along the way. For instance, the year of iron was hilarious. Patrick thought he found a little skeleton key and was going to give me "the key to his heart." Well, we laughed until we cried when it arrived. It is HUGE. It is 18 inches tall and 11 inches wide. That's some heart!

This year's traditional gift was bronze. I was thrilled right after Christmas when my weekly searches of bronze things on turned up a bronze treated journal. The artist did a great job and even provided instructions for cutting and inserting more paper after Patrick fills up the pages with his poetry.

Patrick found another artist who sculpts knitting double point needles out of bronze. They are beautiful and so UNIQUE!

These were forged by Molly Swan-Sheeran at

The little devil also snuck around with T and got me a Tokyo Topper kit that I drooled over at the Greencastle show back in April. I can't wait to make it!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

8 Years

Today is my 8 year wedding anniversary. It has flown by! We had such a great wedding, and the marriage is even better. I'm so lucky to have Patrick in my life. He is an amazing individual. A few fun pix from our wedding and honeymoon.

In my wedding dress and shades just prior to the ceremony.

My favorite shot on the trip. Taken without a flash inside the Vatican.

A random glass egg figure on an island in Italy.

Patrick's favorite shot. A canal in Venice.

This was the winner in our photo contest on who could take the photo that turned out better.
We both took one of this balcony. (I won!!!)

Patrick at the rehearsal dinner. Who knows what he was thinking?

Our good friend, Keith, who was a reader in the ceremony.

A few of our good friends who shared in our weekend.
Doug (groomsman), Tonia (bridesmaid), Ginny (guest book and rehearsal dinner hostess), Michelle (bridesmaid), Greg (honorary groomsman), Keith (reader)

Groomsman Doug and Maid of Honor Carol decorating the arch under which we were married.

My favorite pix of us together on our honeymoon. St. Mark square in Venice.

My mommy and cousin/flower girl Kaitlyn. Yes, I know. I look JUST like my mom. :)

Patrick in the square and happy. I think we just had gelato!

My favorite location/night (outside of wonderful Venice, that is): Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Happy Anniversary, Baby!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

B4 Bag

I found this pattern on Ravelry from Once in a BlooMoon. I fell in love with the various color combinations and the idea that the pattern constantly changes to keep you from getting bored. And, well, we all know my love of bags! I decided to go with a palette of colors to provide a sunflower look. It is called the B4 Bag because is has bumps, beads, buttons, and bobbles. Cute!

Needles: US 13 24 inch
Yarn: Cascade 220 held doubled (I'm using 4-5 different colors)
Beads: 66; I picked up resin beads from The Bead Boutique in Carmel, IN
Buttons: Still deciding, but I did by a felted sunflower "pin" (sold at Stitches & Scones and made by local designer The Blackberry Tree (also on

You guessed it! This will be a fall workshop. You will LOVE all the techniques this bag uses!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Birthday Cake Cowl

I've started working on plans for the fall/winter 2009 Stitches & Scones knit-along. Currently, Tonia and I are planning for one centered around our own local designer--Christina Wall. I have gathered my patterns and started with the Birthday Cake Cowl. I used up some leftover Dream in Color in two different colors. I love the effect and how different it looks from other Birthday Cake Cowl's in other yarns. (A few ladies picked up Dream in Color last night to make one of these too.)

If you are local, we have the pattern for sale at the store.
For those of you who are further away, Christina has her patterns available in Ravelry as Classic Cables. More info on the KAL will be coming in the next month.

I edit most of Christina's patterns for her--in exchange for some spinning :). It was a thrill to see two of Christina's designs hanging at the Alpaca with a Twist TNNA booth. I felt a lot of pride for her and just a tad for myself!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sprucing Up!

Sorry I've been offline for a bit now. I had several weeks of low-knitting levels while we worked on stuff at the house and I have some health things going on to deal with. So, here is a non-knitting update...

We've been spring cleaning for weeks. We are having family and friends to the house throughout the summer, so I wanted to spruce up a bit. Plus, a house needs it every now and then. Since I'm home a lot more now I started obsessing more and more about keeping things clean and up to snuff. The laundry list of tasks was lengthy, so we recruited cousin Andy to help out. Poor guy--he learned all kinds of useful house skills that no 16-year-old really wants to have to do. It was good to hang out with him and get to know him a little bit better.

We removed the bushes that turned into ugly sticks in the winter. Patrick and Andy put in tons of hostas and I added the railing flower boxes. Now, to keep them all alive! You can see the front of the house now!!!!! I can't wait to have the front door open now that we have the screen/storm door to let the air come through. It will make a huge difference.

When we moved into our house we discovered that the original owner put the lowest price everything into it. It has resulted in many an improvement. Well, the back doors didn't have a screen. The screen was a mess of metal in the garage. We never did anything because we thought that it would be $$$$. We were so wrong. We found out that the tracks were still there, so we bought a standard-sized door and put it on the track. It works great! I do have to say that the dogs were very shocked when they ran into it the first time. For the next few times after that, Riley would stop and scratch at the air to make sure the invisible wall wasn't there anymore.

We also got the carpets cleaned, painted the trim downstairs along with some ceiling and wall touch ups, got some window panes fixed, and got a storm/screen door on the front. Not to mention the general cleaning and organizing. I'm SO ready to have it completed. We are having a nice staycation next week, so it will be good to have a clean home to relax in.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kennedy's Summer Sweater

I knitted up this little sweater for Kennedy last week and finished up the flowers Tuesday night. It is the Basket of Daisies sweater by Kay Graves. She does such cute patterns for little dogs. Kennedy gets a little chilly in the air conditioning in the summer. This is just perfect for those days/nights. It is made out of Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep. I did alter the pattern a tad. Kennedy is tiny, but she has massive front legs for her size. (She loves to jump.) I made her leg openings 3.5 inches deep instead of 2. I also left the belly part of the under panel open to give her room when she eats.

Kiki gave Riley a little kiss when he got jealous because he didn't get a sweater.
He doesn't really want a sweater, just the attention. So here is a Riley picture...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Watermelon and Christmas Bowl

I started playing around with fiber and needle felting needles as a distraction on Sunday (instead of continuing to clean windows). I hadn't a clue what I was making except that it would be a bowl of some sort. I have dreams of creating all kinds of art type projects with needle felting.

I felted some low priced white roving and then added on a green top--thinking I would use it as the "ground" and then add sunflowers. However, as I looked at it with the white barely showing and creating dimension it reminded me of a summer watermelon bowl I just bought for our upcoming cookouts. I decided to felt the inside of the bowl in the vibrant red I found at this weekend's fiber fair. I planned to fold it down and then used scrap fiber to put on "seeds." It is so cute!!!!

As I was felting on the red, it put me in the mindset of Christmas. I thought, " A REVERSIBLE BOWL!" I put on the seeds in a way that I could reverse it and then I added a ribbon. Magic--a Christmas bowl!

I was so excited about the outcome that I'm anxious to try others. Hmmmm...what next?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hoosier Hills Fiber Fair

This past weekend was the Hoosier Hills event and Nancy and I went over on Saturday. It was good to get away for a few hours and to see so many knitting friends. Nancy and I had some good laughs throughout the day, and I allowed myself a few goodies.

I picked up these needles (a 1 count and a 16 count), purse form, and red fiber from They are the BEST forms and needles out there. The red fiber has already been put to good use in a project (soon to be featured in a future blog). You can really get through a lot with the 16 count needle and it is structured in such a way that it teaches you not to go to deep into the form, which felts the fiber to the form instead of the other fibers.

Only one little skein of yarn this go round. Isn't it beautiful?
Creatively Dyed, of course!

I picked up wool to hook a flower/dragonfly rug I found earlier this year.
This will be the first time I map out my own colors. Here goes...